About Wyatt Tarrant & Combs

As one of the South Central U.S. region's largest law firms, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs maintains an active national practice with approximately 200 attorneys in six offices throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Indiana.  Organized into nine service teams and industry-focused practice groups, the firm strives to provide efficient and effective assistance to clients that range from start-ups, to family business, to some of the largest corporations in the United States.

The firm continues to grow, merging its Jackson, Mississippi office with Barfield & Associates in early 2014.

Education, Energy and Elixirs

With over 50 areas of legal practice, Wyatt, naturally, has a broad range of clients. In the education sector, the firm represents Berea College, Georgetown College, The Sullivan University System, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, University of Memphis and Vanderbilt University. With several institutes of higher learning as clients, it may be difficult to choose who to root for on game day.

The firm also has its finger on the pulse of the growing energy industry. Wyatt represents clients such as Summit Energy Services, Inc., Arch Coal, Inc. and Earthwell Energy Management.

If their clients are any indication, attorneys at Wyatt certainly know how to kick back and relax. The firm assisted Heaven Hill Distilleries, the largest family-owned independent distilled spirits producer in the United States, to trademark the distillery's pomegranate liqueur. Attorneys at Wyatt also successfully represented bourbon giant Wild Turkey during a slogan dispute. Let's drink to that. 

Attorney Accolades

Wyatt carefully chooses associates that it believes will become future partners. This conscientious consideration appears to be paying off. Best Lawyers in America named 96 of Wyatt's lawyers in its publication for 2013. The firm is also top-listed in 69 practice areas in its Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi offices. Additionally, Chambers USA named Wyatt a "Leading Law Firm" and 26 of the firm's lawyers as "Leading Individuals" in its 2013 publication.  Super Lawyers (Kentucky and Mid-South editions) named 66 of Wyatt's attorneys as "Super Lawyers" and 9 Wyatt attorneys were named "Rising Stars" in 2013 as well.

Clients can rest assured that they will receive excellent service as Corporate Counsel Magazine's survey of general counsel at top 500 companies named Wyatt a "Go-To Law Firm" for labor and employment and litigation matters.  Additionally, Benchmark Litigation named Wyatt a "Highly Recommended" and "Leading Litigation" firm.

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Wyatt Tarrant & Combs

Citizens Plaza
500 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202-2898
Phone: (502) 589-5235
Fax: (502) 589-0309


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Franklin K. Jelsma
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 200

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not provide salary information 

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust and Trade Regulation
    Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
    Corporate & Securities
    Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
    Equine & Gaming
    Estate Planning
    Financial Institutions
    Governmental Affairs and Regulated Industries
    Health Care
    Intellectual Property Protection and Litigation
    International Trade
    Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    Labor & Employment
    Media Communications
    Mineral & Energy
    Nonprofit Institutions
    Privacy & Information Security
    Public Finance and Economic Development
    Real Estate Development, Financing, and Transactions
    White Collar Crime

Major Office Locations

  • Jackson, MS
  • Lexington, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Memphis, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • New Albany, IN
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